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Are you ready for truth?  Paul Washer laying it out. This is love for the Body of Christ.

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Simplification As A Time Management Strategy

This is a re-post of an article by time management consultant Harold Taylor. Read the whole thing; especially the last sentence. He speaks of something I have discussed on this blog numerous times: possessing ourselves.

There’s a book called Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin that describes a Fulfillment Curve. This curve plots money or possessions or “stuff” along the x-axis, or horizontal axis, and fulfillment or happiness along the y-axis, the vertical axis. The more money you have to spend, the greater the degree of fulfillment and happiness – up to a point. After fulfillment goes through the survival stage, comforts stage and luxuries stage, it levels off. Then it starts to decrease. Once you have achieved what the authors refer to as enough, acquiring more simply makes you unhappier. It’s interesting to note that Daniel Pink also mentions in his book, A Whole New Mind, that while living standards have risen steadily decade after decade, personal, family and life satisfaction haven’t budged.

Material things consume a lot of our time. People spend their precious non-renewable resource, time, in order to acquire more money and possessions, only to discover that the possessions do little to further their enjoyment of life. In fact, possessions consume even more of this non-renewable resource. Not only does it take time to earn enough money to buy this stuff, it takes time to shop for it, learn how to operate it, maintain it in good working condition, repair it, upgrade it, insure it and use it. If we have to rent public storage, we have to sign a contract, pay rent, buy a lock, take trips back and forth to check on it or add to it, and so on. We are afraid of losing it, breaking it or having it stolen. We frequently have to make payments on it, acquire more space to accommodate it, and worry about keeping the neighborhood kids or the family dog away from it. There also comes a time when we have to figure out how to get rid of it.

From the viewpoint of cost, stress and time management, you should simplify your life as much as possible. Simplifying your personal life involves freeing up more time and energy to pursue your personal goals and working on activities that you really enjoy. Getting rid of the possessions that threaten to possess you is a good place to start.

The Fellowship Of The Son

God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  1 Corinthians 1:9  (KJV)

Our ideas of communion and fellowship are all whacked out. The word communion means intimate fellowship or rapport. When you look up the word communion in the concordance, it means partnership, participation, social intercourse. It is an intimate relationship. A few words the dictionary used for communion was communication, rapport, relation and accord. The Bible speaks of accord quite a bit. Accord means agreement and conformity.

But who do we agree with and conform to? Who do we commune and fellowship with? Is it XYZ Church Of The Twisted Way? What about ABC First Church Of The Completely Correct Doctrines? Continue reading The Fellowship Of The Son

Jesus Is The Truth

The all important thing is to make Jesus Lord. Men can grow lopsided by emphasizing the truth of divine healing. Man can go wrong by all the time preaching on water baptism. But we can never go wrong in exalting the Lord Jesus Christ, giving Him the preeminent place and magnifying Him as both Lord and Christ.

—Smith Wigglesworth Continue reading Jesus Is The Truth

Love Came Down: A Song Of The Bride

If you are religious– you’ll have a difficult time with this. Just warning you. It’s intimate.

The chorus is a song of the Bride:

Love came down and rescued me.

Love came down and set me free.

I am Yours. I am forever Yours.

Mountain high or valley low

I sing out and remind my soul

That I am Yours. I am forever Yours. 

Pressing In, Pressing Up, Going In, Going Deep